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A project at Campbell River, B.C.
A project at Campbell River, B.C.

Skilled workers are good, but adaptable workers are better

A news story 20 years from today could well start like this:

May 9, 2034 – Victoria, B.C.: Thousands of angry, unemployed tradespeople marched on British Columbia’s legislative grounds yesterday in protest of what they see as government inaction. The problem stems from massive investments in postsecondary education made some two decades ago to train pipefitters, welders and electricians – all of which were in high demand in the early 2020s. But since B.C.’s major LNG facilities and pipelines were completed in 2031, thousands of workers – mostly male and in their mid-40s – have been thrown permanently out of work.